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Nicholas Haley of Marco Island who graduated June 2010 from Lorenzo Walker High School was enrolled in the U.S. Navy Reserve Enlistment Program will waiting for his acceptance to the Navy’s Boot Camp. Nicholas graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Boot Camp June 10th and has been accepted for study at a Navy Nuclear Engineering Training Center. The enclosed picture is of Nic graduation. I attended as Nick’s grandfather and also as the 7th District Commodore United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as Nicholas is also an auxiliary member of Marco Island Flotilla 95. Shown in the photo are Nick and ... Read More »

PandaMania with a purpose!

Over 110 children, teens and volunteers got together for PandaMania, a vacation bible studies program presented by Marco Presbyterian Church. In line with the recent popularity of a panda character thanks to Dreamworks hit “Kung Fu Panda” movies, the theme was sure to succeed. The underlying message: “God is wild about you!” There was no charge for the weeklong program which included dinner. The fare was age appropriate; macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, Ramen noodle soup, all kid favorites. After dinner the entire group would sing and play. The children broke into smaller groups and the ... Read More »

Bush, Rhee, guest speakers at benefit luncheon for Marco Island Academy

By Jane A. Marlowe Marco Island Academy hosted a luncheon fundraiser on June 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. Former Governor Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of Schools in Washington, DC attended the luncheon and shared their views on the need for continued reform in public education across the entire country. Jane Watt, Chair of the new charter high school informed the guests about the school’s latest plans to move into the former Winterberry Christian Academy site on the campus of the Baptist Family Church on Marco Island. The school is modern and well designed. It ... Read More »


By Chef Annie Are you one of the fortunate few to have a mango tree growing in your yard? If so, your tree is probably full, with the limbs nearing the ground with all their weight. This time of year, June and July, the mangos are abundant and offer the best picks and prices. The delicious and juicy mango has long been one of the world’s most popular fruits. The fruit’s flavor is often described as an exotic mix of pineapple and peach. They have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years and are a relative of the pistachio and cashew. ... Read More »

Paddlers and Rowers

By Capt. Carl Kelly It may be understood that when boats approach one another paddle and row boats are “more privileged” than power boats, as noted in the previous Captain’s Log. But, that does not mean they may flaunt their privilege and ignore all rules. There are rules and requirements regarding safety equipment for their vessels, and they must comply. They must carry appropriately sized personal flotation devices (PFD), life jackets. USCG types II and III are acceptable. They must carry some device for making emergency sound signals. A whistle is sufficient. At times of reduced visibility they must have ... Read More »

Capt. Rapps’ “Off the hook” Snapper with lemon butter caper sauce

By Capt. Pete Rapps This is my version of a tangy, buttery, lemony Piccata caper sauce on a crispy seasoned Snapper fillet, served on a bed of fried spinach and rice. It works well with any fish fillet. I especially love it with Tripletail or Trout, too! Yumma! If that doesn’t get your mouth watering you must already be 6 feet under! This simple version can be prepared in just 15 minutes so go catch you some Snapper and get cookin it up! Ingredients: 2 – 4 Medium Snapper fillets ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup capers ½ cup flour ... Read More »

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own… Dear Simba, Independence Day is just around the corner and the celebrations are being planned around the Island for this year’s fireworks on the beach as well as other family gatherings. While we all enjoy our pets ... Read More »

Scorpius takes center stage

By Mike P. Usher Coincidentally with the Fourth of July later this week, the stars are putting on their own special show. Scorpius (the scorpion) is both one of the brighter constellations in the zodiac as well as one of the few that looks like its namesake. Mythology of the constellation goes something like this: it is the scorpion that stung Orion to death; now that they are both in the heavens he is careful to keep as far as possible in front of the scorpion lest he be stung again. This is why they are never seen in the ... Read More »

Amelia Island

By Vickie Kelber Amelia Island is diagonally opposite Marco Island, tucked away in the northeast corner of Florida, just below the Georgia border. Although locals consider “season” to be during the summer, it makes a nice spring or fall getaway or pleasant diversion on a leisurely trip north. It is about 20 minutes from Route 95, 30 minutes from the Jacksonville airport and there is a small municipal airport. It offers 13 miles of quartz beach, multiple activities, historical landmarks, and accommodations ranging from Victorian bed and breakfasts to world class resorts. The island is 13 miles long and 2 miles ... Read More »

Exuma Islands, Staniel Cay and Sampson Cay

By Frances Diebler Exuma is an area of the Bahamas consisting of 360 islands also known as cays. This area is one of the best cruising grounds easily accessible from Florida. This chain is located southeast of Nassau. The islands are on a direct path to and from the Caribbean. Unlike some areas in southern Florida, the islands are blessed with beautiful blue green deep water to accommodate deep draft boats. However, there are many areas which are shallow and are navigable only by shoal draft vessels. Once you leave the hustle and bustle of Nassau and meander southward through the ... Read More »

Big Cypress Road Closure

Public use Limit Order Rescinded for Bear Island Unit. The closure/public use limit has been lifted thus reopening the following areas, trails and access points to backcountry activity: Bear Island Campground; Bear Island Access off of Turner River Road; Walk-in Access-I-75, MM 70; Walk-in Access Bear Island Grade, off of Hwy 29; Concho Billie Trail, Burns Lake Trail, and Windmill Tram Trail. This modification/removal of closure is due to the fact that the emergency nature of the fire has been resolved. The annual 60-day recreational access closure remains in effect, effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 and will be ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Assigns Advanced Aircraft to Marco Squadron

Marco Island, FL…The Marco Island CAP Squadron recently took delivery of N159CP, an advanced cockpit design Cessna 182T, equipped with the Garmin G-1000 “glass cockpit” technology instrumentation,. Due to the high level of community service activity and USAF and other missions performed by the Marco Squadron, this advanced aircraft will enhance the squadron’s mission ability with state-of-the-art avionics controls, expanded communications and full-screen color avionics and Global Positioning Systems. Additionally N159CP is equipped with a high efficiency 3-blade adjustable McCauley Propeller System and driven by a Textron Lycoming Engine. The engine is normally aspirated, direct drive, air-cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel ... Read More »

FDOT invites transportation investment in Florida to grow jobs

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad today announced the annual application and award cycle for the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Program will begin July 1, 2011 and close August 31, 2011. Secretary Prasad wants to ensure our partners know the State of Florida is open for business. Now is the time to invest in Florida’s transportation future as we help initiate private sector employment. The SIB Program is a revolving loan and credit enhancement vehicle consisting of two separate accounts and is used to leverage funds to improve project feasibility. The SIB can provide loans and ... Read More »

Seibukan Karate at the YMCA expands to include Karate Camp

By Steve Reynolds The Greater Marco Family YMCA Karate School under the direction of Sensei Nick Lemke has been offering classes to those age 6 and up for a year and has seen the class grow fro just a few students to over 12 and range in age from 6 to 60. Sensei Nick teaches an Okinawan style of Karate called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu that teaches students discipline, character, confidence, physical and mental strength and most importantly self defense. Sensei Nick is proud to be able to preserve Karate history and now is able to offer a 1 week Karate Camp ... Read More »

Newcomers Club

Front Row: Litha Berger, Carol Wood, Owner, Judy Arturo, Debbie Breeding, Pat Warner, Bonmnie Bozzo. Back Row: Sharon Weathers, Marilyn Pascale, Rachel DeHanas, Cathy Mirroco, Marge Superits, Betty Muskus and Ruth Ann Mullaney.   Read More »

July is Parks and Recreation Month

Where can you improve your health without going to a doctor? Where can you meet new friends or spend time with existing ones? Where can children learn and grow withoutgoing to summer school? Right here with the Collier County Parks & Recreation Department. As part of a nationwide celebration, the Collier County Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to be recognizing the many values and benefits of parks and recreation. Did you know that citizens who had betteraccess to parks, visited parks more frequently, and engaged in physically-active park behaviors also made fewer visits to their doctor other than getting ... Read More »

Safe Boating Campaign

In May 2011, the Marco Island Police Department’s Marine Unit began its Summer of Safe Boating campaign. One element of that initiative was to review past vessel crashes to determine those facts or factors that could lead to a safer boating community, as well as more effective education and enforcement programs. In 2010, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), Collier County ranked 9th out of the sixty-seven counties in Florida for reported vessel crashes. Sadly, the majority of off-island crashes involved injury, including one crash involving a fatality. There were seventeen crashes outside of the City ... Read More »

Collier County Board of Commissioners

The Collier County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has one vacancy, for a term that will expire on October 1, 2013; the member will represent “labor active in home building.” This is an 11-member committee created by Ordinance 91?65 as amended to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the Housing Elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Terms are three years. The Airport Authority Advisory Board has four vacancies; three of ... Read More »

Greater Marco Family YMCA Special Offers

“Resort Night” Basketball Open Gym. Bring a co-worker. Meet new people. Open to all Marco Island Resort Employees 18 years of age and older are invited to participate in basketball open gym. Please show your Employee Id at front desk when you sign up. A waiver is required. Who: Marco Island Resort Employees 18 and older (Marriott Resort and Spa, Hilton, Ocean Beach Resort, Marriott Vacation Club, Charter Club and others). What: Basketball Open Gym Where: Greater Marco Family YMCA Gym When: Every Thursday night through September 29 Time: 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Fee: FREE! Student Summer 2011 Membership ... Read More »

Marco Writers’ Group

New. Network and get ideas and encouragement from other writers. Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month. Marco Island Branch Library 5:30-6:30 PM Study Room. This is not a Collier County Public Library program. Please do not call the library. For info call Gwen 239/248-3219.   Read More »